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Should ALPS Equal Sector Weight ETF (EQL) Be on Your Investing Radar?

If you're interested in broad exposure to the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market, look no further than the ALPS Equal Sector Weight ETF (EQL), a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 07/07/2009.

The fund is sponsored by Alps. It has amassed assets over $290.05 million, making it one of the average sized ETFs attempting to match the Large Cap Blend segment of the US equity market.

Why Large Cap Blend

Large cap companies usually have a market capitalization above $10 billion. They tend to be stable companies with predictable cash flows and are usually less volatile than mid and small cap companies.

Blend ETFs usually hold a mix of growth and value stocks as well as stocks that exhibit both value and growth characteristics.


When considering an ETF's total return, expense ratios are an important factor, and cheaper funds can significantly outperform their more expensive counterparts in the long term if all other factors remain equal.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.26%, putting it on par with most peer products in the space.

It has a 12-month trailing dividend yield of 2.22%.

Sector Exposure and Top Holdings

Even though ETFs offer diversified exposure that minimizes single stock risk, investors should also look at the actual holdings inside the fund. Luckily, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

Looking at individual holdings, Energy Select Sector Spdr Fund (XLE) accounts for about 9.64% of total assets, followed by Materials Select Sector Spdr Fund (XLB) and Financial Select Sector Spdr Fund (XLF).

The top 10 holdings account for about 91.17% of total assets under management.

Performance and Risk

EQL seeks to match the performance of the NYSE Select Sector Equal Weight Index before fees and expenses. The NYSE Equal Sector Weight Index comprises of all active Select Sector SPDR ETFs in an equal weighted portfolio. These sector includes Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Materials, Energy, Technology, Utilities, Financial, Industrial, Health Care & Real Estate.

The ETF has gained about 6.87% so far this year and was up about 1.12% in the last one year (as of 06/09/2023). In the past 52-week period, it has traded between $88.15 and $104.93.

The ETF has a beta of 0.95 and standard deviation of 17.14% for the trailing three-year period, making it a medium risk choice in the space. With about 12 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.


ALPS Equal Sector Weight ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 2 (Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, EQL is an excellent option for investors seeking exposure to the Style Box - Large Cap Blend segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

The iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) track a similar index. While iShares Core S&P 500 ETF has $318.05 billion in assets, SPDR S&P 500 ETF has $403.44 billion. IVV has an expense ratio of 0.03% and SPY charges 0.09%.


While an excellent vehicle for long term investors, passively managed ETFs are a popular choice among institutional and retail investors due to their low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency.

To learn more about this product and other ETFs, screen for products that match your investment objectives and read articles on latest developments in the ETF investing universe, please visit Zacks ETF Center.

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ALPS Equal Sector Weight ETF (EQL): ETF Research Reports

SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY): ETF Research Reports

Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE): ETF Research Reports

Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF): ETF Research Reports

Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB): ETF Research Reports

iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV): ETF Research Reports

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